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Murder Victims Are Flesh and Blood, Not Political Fodder

People should consider the human cost before using someone else’s tragedy for political gain.

In case you weren’t aware, I’m fairly disgusted with the way Democrats and their allies in the media try to take advantage of mass shootings to push their gun control agenda. Taking Rahm Emanuel’s advice to never let a serious crisis go to waste, they seem to almost salivate at the opportunity to use the deaths of innocent people to take away the rights of those who had nothing to do with those deaths—and I’m not just talking about Second Amendment rights, either.

After El Paso, we’re also seeing a concerted effort on the part of Democrats to chill the First Amendment rights of people who support border enforcement—branding anyone who believes in our nation’s sovereignty as a white supremacist, which is nothing more than a naked attempt to shame those people into shutting up, or make them afraid to express their opinions for fear of the angry mob showing up in their social media timelines, or, God forbid, at their homes. The media, meanwhile, just shine on this ugly behavior, not calling it out for the intimidation tactic that it is—when they’re not actively supporting it.

In the meanwhile, though, one very important fact gets lost in all the accusations, recriminations, and hatred that gets spewed back and forth: that for every victim of these mass shootings, there are hearts that get irrevocably broken. Mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives are left to deal with the loss of loved ones. Most painful of all are the children left behind, who now face a life without their parents. And all of them are forced to witness the spectacle of politicians grandstanding on their own personal tragedies.

We got a reminder of this when Vibora (Deborah) Anchondo, who lost her brother and sister-in-law during the El Paso shooting, recently posted her thoughts on Facebook:

It’s such a shame that two of our local politicians (I refuse to say their names as they don’t deserve it) are saying that our President is not welcome on Wednesday. I cannot believe how these monsters are using the tragic event to push their political agenda. I lost my brother and sister-in-law on Saturday. My family and I are living a horrible nightmare. The visit from our President will be more than comforting to my family. He will not be here for a political agenda. The two monsters from El Paso, who do not deserve to be mentioned by name nor even the nicknames I have for them, are just pure evil. My brothers body was still laying at Walmart on Saturday night when they decided to make this into a political issue and push their agenda by blaming our President for this. Rather than focusing on the situation and the individual who destroyed the lives of many, these evil people selfishly turned this into a political war. I’m equally as angered by those two as I am with the person who took my brother and his wife from me, typing this I think I feel more animosity towards those two evil politicians. – Deborah

Andre and Jordan Anchondo died while shielding their infant from a hail of bullets. Politicians then used them to raise their individual profiles and advance their own agendas. Deborah Anchondo is right not to name them, neither will I do so here. Just know that the publicity that they think is so cheap comes with a high cost—but they don’t seem to care, because they’re not the ones paying it.

There is a time to discuss these issues, and to seek common ground so we may find solutions. But that shouldn’t involve screaming at one another in bad faith, and turning other peoples’ pain into soundbite material for the cable news shows. Give the families the time they need to grieve. Show them that we all stand with them united. Then come together to find ways to prevent their tragedy from repeating elsewhere.

Please.

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